Werner Bezwoda and fraudulent breast cancer research

This post is an edited extract from my unpublished book on scientific error and fraud; it is one of many case-studies of individual fraudulent scientists from different areas of the biological sciences, psychology and medicine. In this case study, error and fraud both contributed to the belief that high dose chemotherapy was a more effective…

Nutrition Research – past successes and future direction

Many disabling and often fatal diseases are caused by lack of an essential vitamin or mineral in the diet such as: Scurvy (vitamin C) Beriberi (thiamine/B1) Pellagra (niacin/B3) Rickets (vitamin D) Cretinism and goitre (iodine) Pernicious anaemia (a failure to absorb vitamin B12). In the first half of the twentieth century most of the essential…

The antioxidant myth

Perspective Back in 1972, Denham Harman predicted in a serious nutrition journal that an antioxidant supplement on top of a good normal diet might increase life expectancy by up to 7 years. Over the following decades the idea has been widely promoted that extra antioxidants in the form of supplements or antioxidant-rich foods would reduce…

Research fraud and error – *New Book*

Potential titles “Reckless and dishonest. Error and fraud in biological and medical research” OR “Error and Fraud. The dark side of biological and medical research”   Nature of the book I hesitate to call it a popular science book but I have tried to write a book that will sell beyond the specialist academic market.…

Sugar tax for obesity?

Sugar tax for obesity- how strong is the evidence? A report published in February 2016 by the UK Health Forum and Cancer Research UK concluded that a 20% tax on sugary drinks would prevent 3.7 million people in the UK from becoming obese over the next decade. This would stabilise obesity rates at the current level…

Seven Portions of Fruit and Veg?

Dr Geoff recently went on ITV News to voice his opinion on this study. He would like to clarify his views and review the study properly in the report below: Seven Portions of Fruit and Veg? Overview The paper that caused such a media frenzy (1/04/2014) was an epidemiological study which confirmed that people who…

What wider impact has BSE had?

The lingering and painful deaths of 160 young people from variant CJD since 1995 has been a tragedy for them and their families. It is, however, at the very lowest end of earlier predictions about the size of this epidemic and for perspective compares with 45,000 deaths, many of children and young people, from road…